The MedStar Health—Georgetown University Hospital Residency Program in Neurological Surgery

MedStar Georgetown Neurosurgery residency program is a seven-year program that includes one year of internship. Our residents rotate through three affiliated institutions (see below), and are involved in more than 3000 neurosurgical procedures at these hospitals each year. Throughout their training, they are exposed to the full range of neurosurgery, in subspecialties including:

  • Spinal surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Cerebrovascular surgery
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Skull base surgery
  • Functional neurosurgery
  • Neurotrauma
  • Peripheral nerve

To learn more about the experience of this residency, read this letter from the Chairman and Program Director. Open Now.

Why train here

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is the central site of the program, and our residents rotate through the hospital at all levels of training. Special features of this hospital relevant to their training include multi-disciplinary teams for neuro-vascular (with neuro-radiology), spine (with orthopedics), and skull base surgery (with otolaryngology).

The movement disorder program is also run jointly with the department of neurology, and is always busy with deep-brain stimulation procedures. MedStar Georgetown has two CyberKnife® radiation delivery systems, and our trainees are intimately involved with radiosurgical cases during their rotations.


Here is the rotation schedule for the Neurosurgery Residency Program.

  • Internship

    This year is important in providing the necessary background knowledge and skills to begin training in neurosurgery as a junior resident. It includes rotations in general surgery, trauma, and critical care. Three months are spent in neurology and another three as the intern on the MedStar Georgetown neurosurgery service.

  • PGY-2: Junior resident

    The first year of neurosurgery training is split between the clinical neurosurgery services at MedStar Georgetown and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The residents learn to evaluate patients in the outpatient settings of the clinic and emergency room, as well as to manage neurosurgical patients on the busy inpatient services.

  • PGY-3: Mid-level resident

    This year is split between the Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) and MedStar Georgetown. At CNMC, the residents are expected to acquire critical knowledge in all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery including the management of shunts and pediatric brain tumors. They will also play major roles in procedures for craniofacial reconstruction, tumor resection, and epilepsy.

  • PGY-4 and PGY-5: Research and elective block

    These two years are reserved for clinical and basic science research as well as rotations in neuro-radiology and peripheral nerve surgery. The resident is expected to present the data of the research they’ve chosen at national neurosurgical conferences, and publish the results in peer-reviewed journals.

    During the rotations, the residents are expected to take part in procedures involving the Gamma Knife®, CyberKnife®, and endovascular interventions.

  • PGY-6: Senior resident

    For six months, the residents are at MedStar Georgetown as the senior resident on the clinical service. Functioning with increasing autonomy, the residents continue to refine the skills needed for more advanced neurosurgical procedures, and manage the inpatient service under the supervision of the chief resident. The other half of the year is split among radiosurgery and neuro-radiology.

  • PGY-7: Chief resident

    This is the chief residency year of training. In addition to being responsible for the daily activity of the inpatient neurosurgical team at both hospitals, the chief residents refine the management and surgical skills necessary for graduation from the training program and entrance into practice.

Seven-year neurosurgery schedule

7 years schedule

Application information

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Contact us

If you have any questions or would like further information about the Neurosurgery Residency Program or medical student rotations, please contact the residency program and medical student coordinator, Olujie Ifegwu, at